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The fine foodie: Foxhole Farm Shop and Butchery, Hertford

PUBLISHED: 08:54 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:11 23 May 2016

Lamb butchery course at Foxholes Farm near Hertford (Photo: Sharon Struckman)

Lamb butchery course at Foxholes Farm near Hertford (Photo: Sharon Struckman)

sharon struckman

Sharon Struckman takes a butchery class at a Hertford farm renowned for its meat and more

I decided to go back to basics and went on a butchery class at the award-winning Foxhole Farm Shop and Butchery near Hertford.

It’s a hands-on class where I learnt the tricks of the trade, working from nose to tail with lamb. My tutor, Lee Wells, is an enthusiastic master butcher. He demonstrated and explained how to make the most of this versatile animal from its rearing to the cuts of meat and skills such as boning, splitting, tying, rolling and curing. Along the way he also gave lessons in related techniques, including knife skills. It was a fantastic, fun and interactive morning and the knowledge I gained was tremendous.

Foxholes runs day and evening ‘Whole hog’ lamb and pork butchery classes, where Lee also explains the different breeds they use and how to cook the meat, offering tips and creative ideas to enhance any dish.

As well as a specialist in meat, Foxholes is also provides other best quality produce, locally and regionally sourced. The shop is filled with all things delicious to help you choose the ideal accompaniment for your dishes. Its range includes local micro-brewery beers, wines and spirits, curry sauces, jams and preserves, crisps, flours, oils, apple and other fruit juices, honeys, ices and sorbets.

Catherine Smith and her team are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, always providing great service and ideas. The farm also offers a fantastic family day out, offering traditional English high tea and lunches in the tearoom which can be followed by a meander around the site to meet the animals. For more information, go to

Sharon Struckman is a food writer and photographer at


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